By Bryan Boggiano
After redistricting, there is a possibility that some voters may end up with a different city commissioner in 2024.
The development follows the city commission’s approval of a new district map at their Oct. 4 meeting that seeks to distribute the city’s population evenly and account for any population growth.
Every four years, the commission maps must undergo a redistricting process to account for population growth. There must be no more than a ten percent population variance between the least and most populated districts.
Currently, that variance is 11.55 percent.
The commission first reviewed two different redistricting proposals at their Aug. 16 workshop. These were known as “Plan A” and “Plan B.” Representatives from ARC Bridge Consulting and Training, the company tasked with helping the city draw up a new election map, presented.
Following a discussion, the commission directed ARC to devise a third plan, “Plan C.” The three plans underwent additional modifications to account for population growth since the 2020 census and projected population growth.
At their Sept. 13 meeting, the commission reviewed all three plans again. They unanimously agreed on Plan A because it would keep almost all neighborhoods intact.
Under the plan, Four Seasons, Parkland Bay, and Parkland Royale move from District One to Two. Parkland Isle and Parkland Village move from District Two to One. Parkland Golf and Country Club and Pine Trails Park move from District Two to Three. There are no changes to District Four.
Under Plan A, the most populous district (District One) has a population of 9,777, while the least populated (District Two) has 8,968 people. Districts Three and Four have 9,367 and 9,393 people, respectively. That translates to a variance of 8.63 percent.
Commissioner Bob Mayersohn moved to approve Plan A, which Commissioner Jordan Isrow seconded. It passed unanimously.
The redistricted maps will take effect for the 2024 election cycle, but they do not affect candidates currently filing for office.
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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